Monday, March 31, 2014

Past the New Moon

Sorry for the delay, but in fact I am in time to point at an important aspect combination during New Moon: Mars opposition Eris and Eris inconjunct Saturn. A Mars-Eris combination was prominent in the chart of Pearl Harbor. And though there are Mars-Eris aspects throughout the year, I believe that the third party (Saturn) warns us to be careful and vigilant. Today I read that there was a fiery conflict (Mars-Eris) between North- and South Korea. There is Ukraine. And there is Syria. As charts are to be seen in the light of the situation and conditions, I think that this combination is more dangerous than it seems to be. Any fiery conflict could explode. With Venus trine Mars and sextile Eris, square Saturn there is a big role for diplomats.

In The Netherlands, Mars and Eris are on the horizon:

The New Moon and the Sun are in aspect with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, promissing new inventions and more tension. It will not be a quiet spring. But is there ever a quiet spring? Think of 1968 and the so called Arabian spring... When the New Moon is in Aries and there is a need for action that is not being used to just clean the carpets and sew or buy new cloths, the mood might get fiery. Aries, after all, is the first fire sign and Ares was the god of war. 

For me, with New Moon in the first house, it is time to take care of myself. I did so yesterday, and the day before. After removing the winter cloths and planting colourful flowers, I enjoyed the extremely high temperatures (as if in May) in the garden. Safely:)...
Thanks for visiting Astropost today! Wishing you a flowery and peaceful spring!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What is Ixion? Let's test it...

Ixion is a Plutino in the Kuiper Belt, discovered on May 22,  2001 and a bit smaller than Ceres (a category dwarf planet) is. In Greek mythology Ixion, father of the Centaurs, is a bad host and even worse guest who ruined his second chance (given by Jupiter) and ended on a fiery wheel, turning in Hades forever and ever. 

There is little study done on Ixion, up to now. He might be the symbol of the second chance, forgiveness, ungratefulness or 'the bad guy' inside or outside ourselves. In the Zero Aries chart of the Netherlands, Ixion is opposition MC and last week the 'bad guy' appeared in the shape of a politician who is about to be prosecuted and isolated because of what he said. His Ixion is conjunct Mars and Uranus was quindecile this Mars-Ixion conjunction last week.

How about your Ixion? If Ixion has an important place in your natal chart (say in conjunction or opposition with a fast moving planet, Sun, Moon, Sun/Moon or Ascendant or MC) the issue of 'gratitude' or 'second chance' or the 'bad guy without moral' could be very important in your life. When transit Ixion is in hard aspect with your chart, you could have to make a choice whether or not to allow a second chance or to be or not to be a host or guest. You could even meet the 'ungrateful dog' in person! This might also happen when there is a progressed aspect with Ixion. Better test it!

So where is Ixion now? In 2014 Ixion moves between 19d56 and 22d10 Sagittarius. knows it all:

About Ixion and astrology 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Cycles repeated, history repeated?

When I had a look at the chart of the astrological New Year, I noticed Mars opposite Eris (for info on Eris, see Wikipedia). It is not an unusual aspect combination. I wrote about Mars square Eris in 2011. There has been a trine and an inconjunct in 2011/2012/2013 and now we have an opposition of Mars and Eris. In synastry it is not the best aspect for friendship:). This aspect fuels discord.

It is the kind of aspect that signals conflicts, often related to jealousy and sometimes this aspect sparks war, especially when Mars is in conflict with more challenging planets at the same time. Have a look at the Aries equinox chart of 1939. The transits are the positions of the day of birth of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. His Saturn was conjunct the Ascendant of the spring chart of 1939. Mars was trine his natal Sun.
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There is a combination of Sun square Mars, semi square Uranus and trine Pluto. Mars is in conflict with Uranus and Pluto. There are more moments of Mars-Uranus-Pluto and they are usually scary and reflecting crisis (more in another post).  It was just past new moon and the conjunction of Moon and Eris, both square Mars.

In 1939 World War 2 officially started. There had been a prelude to war, that looks frighteningly much like what happens in Russia/Ukraine right now, like the occupation of Bohemia and Moravia. Just like in those years, the neighbor countries had limited their expenses on the military*).

How about now?

The Mars-Eris conflict in the Spring chart of 2014 is not accompanied by aspects between Uranus-Pluto and Mars. This is the chart for Moscow when the new astrological cycle started. The transits are those of the day of birth of Vladimir Putin. His natal Sun trine transit Venus and on the Ascendant of the Spring equinox horizon could (and I hope it does) mean peace. His Uranus is on the Midheaven of that chart and that is (of course) signaling a nervous situation of changes.
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Around the 10th of July Mars will be opposite Uranus and square Pluto again. And later that month Mars will again be opposite Eris. Does that promise conflicts again in July? I hope not.

3 years ago I watched Professor Brian Cox explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics related to the universe. The arrow of time always moves on. So:
- entropy increases
- from order to disorder
- past will change
- future won't return to past 
That is the arrow of time. 

Everything must eventually end. And when it ends, we can't get things back as they used to be. Change is all around.

Picture this: you can ride in an antique train, but the station has changed, and everything around and you are a contemporary person. You can't actually go back in time, even though it may look like you have. That is what happens with history and the positions of planets, too. Nothing is the same as it was before. And sometimes that is a very good thing!
This 'law' is also effective in your personal chart. You may have experienced the first Saturn return and will likely have completely different experiences when you have the second Saturn return. That is because you changed, and everything around you changed. History never repeats the same way.

*)Later, Dutch marines had nothing more but stones to fight the German planes. While Germany was armed and the number of soldiers grew, the neighbors  cut their expenses and minimized the army.

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Aries astrologer Dane Rudhyar

It is Aries time, time for the chart of an Aries astrologer. In 2008 I wrote about the chart of Dane Rudhyar, born March 23, 1895. I mentioned the creative quintiles, the musician and the astrologer in his chart. There is always Jupiter-Uranus in charts of astrologers and they were generous with Jupiter-Uranus combinations when Dave Rudhyar was born. Quoting myself:

 " In the chart of Rudhyar we see the Moon in Aquarius trine Jupiter, the combination of the calling Uranus and the ascendant in Sagittarius, but most of all the midpoint combinations with Jupiter and Uranus as an indication for the metier. 
Here we go:
Sun 157.5 Jupiter/UranusJupiter 157.5 Uranus/Nodes and 135 Asc/MCUranus 157.5 Moon/Jupiter and 90 d from Jupiter/MC"
HOW did Dane Rudhyar show being an Aries? He was a pioneer in humanistic astrology!

a. 157.5 is the well known sesquisquare (135d) + half semi square (22.5). It is a minor, but not to be overlooked aspect.

b. a 'calling' planet is a planet without major (Ptolemaic) aspects in sign or orb 5 degrees. These planets show up at any kind of level, somehow and anyhow.

Astropost: BIRTH CHART DANE RUDHYAR Born on the 23rd March… with more on his chart.

For more on Dane Rudhyar and a clear picture of his chart, see,_Dane

See the interview with Dane Rudhyar on

More astrologers (and their sign)

More Aries:

On Sun sign Aries

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Astrological New Year!

Today at 16:58 UT it is the beginning of the next astrological year. It is NY's day for astrologers every time that the Sun is at 0 Aries (Aries Point). That is when the new cycle starts. Zero Aries in 2014 has Moon in Scorpio, Sun and Mars 'calling' (no Ptolemaic aspects in sign or orb 5 degrees). The Sun is half semi square Eris and retrograding Mars is making an aspect with Eris as well. This opposition of Mars and Eris will be exact on March 29 and will be back when Mars is direct later. This may be regarded in line with the events in Ukraine, perhaps. It is a rather disturbing aspect that mirrors aggressive discord.
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As neither Mars nor Eris are angular, this doesn't seem to apply to Greenwich and neither is there a highlighted Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto in that chart.
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In Moscow, however, Pluto is exactly square Ascendant (stubborn, threads, danger), while in Washington Pluto is exactly on the Descendant (outspoken) and Jupiter closer to the Ascendant than Jupiter is to the Russian Midheaven.
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In Kiev Jupiter and Uranus are tighter connected to an angle as Pluto.

Time will tell what it means. It does have a meaning for those born at that time and place. May I end this story with the picture of NY2014 for Amsterdam? The day of the elections ended with Eris on the Descendant and there is a special place for Ixion on the IC in the NY's chart.

I haven't studied Ixion yet. I read that it is about a repeated cycle of forgiveness and hurt and more (see: ). Now watch what happens…

This new astrological year has a brave Moon in Scorpio. Because the square of Jupiter and Uranus is tighter than the aspects with Pluto, I have hope for better times. But I always have…Anyway, I wish you all a happy astrological New Year! Spring is near on the Northern half of earth!

*)  It is all about Geert Wilders being threatened and Geert Wilders and followers shouting that they want 'less Moroccans'. He is a Dutch politician born September 6, 1963 in Venlo, Netherlands. For more info:

More on angularity by Dear Brutus

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Transits, progressions and the charts of MH370

The houses and compounds of the pilots of the Malaysian airplane that vanished 8 days ago have been searched now that it is certain that a skilled person deliberately switched off the means to follow and find the plane. The chart of the person in charge (and most responsible for the safety of the group) is always very important for what happens to the group.

I found the dates of birth of both pilots (not the hours of births) and publish them here for you to study. Charts don't give answers in a who-done-it and don't tell right from wrong. They just mirror situations and mirrors can be diffuse. What is clear is, that Mars-Uranus again accompanies a nasty incident.

Please also follow the links included in this article for more background info. 

In my opinion, the transits and progressions and some of the natal aspects are disturbing, given the circumstances. Risks of incidents and accidents (or terror) are mirrored by Mars-Uranus and risks of death by Mars-Saturn. These combinations pop up in both of the charts.  There is always a risk when you are a pilot and there is speed. That could explain same of the natal aspects. I don’t have the charts of many pilots to see if there is a correspondence regarding Mars-Uranus or Mars-Saturn. But the transits and progressions (the charts of this period and that day) warned for increased risks, also. 

The 1st officer of MH370 was 53 year old Zaharie Ahmad Shah, born July 31, 1961 in Penang (source:     )
There is a rumor that his family left in a hurry, the day before the flight, but maybe that is rumor… His co workers and friends told the press about a fanatic lover of planes and flying, who constructed a simulator at home…

With an eye on the circumstances, I had a look at the chart of the day of birth, with transits and progressions. I also included the progressed chart, with transits and progressions. This is what I noticed:

He is a Leo, with Pisces Moon and Sun square Neptune (semi sextile Pluto). There is a Yod, involving Venus and Uranus sextile, both inconjunct Saturn.
The of Sun and Moon with Sun square Neptune and semi sextiele Pluto tells us something about his character.  He may not be the person that we see (Sun-Neptune: idolization) and that he is discrete (Sun Neptune Pluto) or that there is some mystery around him (Sun Neptune Pluto).
The Yod Venus-Saturn-Uranus points at suppressed tension or sudden separation and some kind of detachment. 
Persons born on that day are more subtle than we see them.

There is Mars/Uranus conjunct Pluto and that is the midpoint combination of sudden disaster and calamities. This doesn’t mean that he was born to crash, it means that he was born with an intense short fuse or hurry that could get him into trouble when accelerating or when he wanted to make drastic changes at once.
Progressed chart captain + transits of March 8, 2014

Here is the natal with transit and above progressions and transits (click to enlarge):

There is a disturbing tight aspect combination in the progressed chart: progressed Mars is exactly square progressed Saturn and exactly semi square progressed Pluto. Mars-Saturn-Pluto is the combination of violent or unnatural death as an issue or theme (see the links, scroll down).
There is also a Mercury-Mars conjunction in Libra, semi square Pluto and Mercury is square Saturn, so that we have Mercury and Mars in conflict with Saturn and Pluto. Saturn’s sesquisquare with Pluto completes the lot, but that is not all. Venus is conjunct Uranus (remember the natal Venus sextile Uranus?) and inconjunct Jupiter (a pleasant relief, a positive change).
Die hard discussions, adventures and the danger of unnatural death(s) were part of the picture this period, but also joy and excitement mentioned in the progressed chart and in the transits (Transit Mars sextile progressed Venus and square progressed Jupiter).

How about the other transists? Saturn semi sextile Mars (act of fear or duty, dead end) is repeating the progressed square of Mars and Saturn.  Mars square Jupiter (successful action) and sextile Venus however, speaks of joy and success. It is possible that the incident happened in a rather joyful period, but that would also contradict the possibility of a deliberate suicide act (unless he was a fanatic terrorist).

The 2nd pilot was born on April 1, 1987 (source : ). I don’t know where or what the hour of birth is. On the day of the flight transit Jupiter was square his natal Sun and Uranus conjunct his natal Sun (a relief) and semi square his Mars (incident). It is rather contradictory, and there are multiple explanations for this. He could be in a period of positive changes while the incident happened.

Progressed Sun trine Neptune is descriptive of what happened: he vanished. A progression with Neptune is development direction seclusion or withdrawal. His progressed Sun was also semi sextile Jupiter, so that we get the combination of the audience, the fans and followers or beliefs. Speculations are part of Jupiter-Neptune, and also religion.

Just like his captain, he had the natal Sun square Neptune at birth (and, if born early, also inconjunct Pluto). The fact that it is a mystery where he is, is corresponding with the theme of mystery around him.
Fariq Abdul Hamid was only 26, thinking of getting married (they say) and recently portrayed as a smoker (Sun-Neptune!) who invited ladies into the cabin. He was, they said, very friendly.

Here is the chart of the day of birth, transits and progressions. What does his chart say about his character?
Fariq, natal, transits, progressions (click for larger picture)

First of all, that he was an international, a traveller, someone positive with big ideals and dreams. He also had a hot temper and a short fuse (Mars inconjunct Uranus in the natal chart). His Mars is calling (a workaholic, action/aggression at any kind of level).
At the time of the incident transit Mars resonated the natal aspects by means of an inconjunct to his natal Mars, accompanied by transit Uranus semi square the natal Mars AND in minor aspect with Uranus (105 d) . So we have: T Mars inconjunct natal Mars, T Uranus semi square natal Mars and Mars inconjunct Uranus in the natal chart.
The natal inconjunct of Mars-Uranus speaks of accidents or incidents due to mechanical disturbance, terrorism or unusual spead or manoeuvres was activated at the time. Risk taking with a loss involved, that is what it says and it doesn’t say why.

The Jupiter of Fariq trine the Sun of Zaharie is a positive sign in synastry. It means trust, protection, support and reliance. There is no conflict between the charts. With the shared Sun-Neptune aspect they will either share the same ideas or ideals or they won’t know about each other’s real lives and see idolize each other (or see each other in a negative light, depending on circumstances).  There are also mutual Mars-Saturn aspects between the charts. Mars-Saturn is the aspect of disciplinary measures and appears in various articles on my site, but in an earlier case the Mars-Saturn synastry showed up when one person tried to stop another person’s acts. (The possibility remains that both tried to stop another person’s acts, of course).

Synastry of two pilots

I calculated the chart of the take off in Kuala Lumpur  for March 8 at 00:41 in Kuala Lumpur. Here is that chart with transits of the day of birth of the captain.

The chart of the take off in Kuala Lumpur had Neptune on the IC (ruler 4) and Moon (ruler 8) on the Descendant. As Neptune is the symbol of ‘to vanish’ and ‘the sea’ this is a strange coincidence. Planes take off more often with Neptune and Moon on an angle, of course and maybe even also with ruler 1 in the 8th house of crisis, too. Still, it is a strange picture of the birth of a flight that later vanished. 
Chart of departure and transits of dob of captain (click for larger picture)
PS the Mars/Uranus midpoint of the captain is on Midheaven.

4 cases of Mars-Saturn synastry: abduction, heroic fight, attacker-victim and a mismatch in politics (Brown and Blair).

See the article on group fate and individual charts:

In case of a disaster, the charts of individuals rarely give an answer to the question ‘why’. That is because their personal experience is subject to something that they can’t change or handle. It doesn’t matter who you are, it  only matters where you are.  In some cases very positive aspects help survive, while hard aspects don’t help at all.

It usually takes more than 2 indications in the same direction when major events happen (rule of 3). When the Ascendant, MC and Moon degree are unknown because of the unknown hour of birth, a lot of information is missing. We also miss the progressed MC, progressed Ascendant, progressed Moon, house positions and the midpoint Sun/Moon. Many are born on the same days. They have the same disturbing planet combinations and will probably (one way or another) experience some kind of incident or accident, and maybe even will have to deal with the theme of unnatural death (not necessarily theirs) and/or some kind of surgery. When you were born on July 31,  1961 or April 1, 1987: take care and don’t hurry, but also don’t worry. When it comes to it, all charts have to be seen in the light of culture, social position, the past, age, gender and circumstances. Your chart is the mirror of your character and situation. You are not your chart. That is why there are lots of people born on the same day, who die another day.



When in transit or progression there is a similar aspect combination as in the natal chart, the corresponding situation or events are more important than without such a resonance.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One year Pope Francis and 20 degree Libra

One year ago, on March 13, 2013 Pope Francis was elected to be the new pope. From the start he showed to be modest, friendly and caring, as if he wants to impersonate the principle of Cancer Ascendant (doing it, keeping it simple). The Sagittarius Sun and Aquarian Moon contribute to the helicopter view needed in his position as a leader (Sun is 'calling'!) in a modern world. But the most important position in his chart is for Mars.

His Mars is important in 3 ways:
1. Mars rises before the Sun,
2. Mars doesn't make major aspects in sign or orb 5 degrees (Mars 'calls' )
3. Mars is square the midpoint Sun/Moon. It means that he 'goes for it', and is motivated by action and being active.

You could expect an athlete with such a Mars, but as Mars is in the 20th degree of Libra, his work includes books, libraries and studies. The Sabian symbol of the 20th degree of Libra speaks of a Rabbi (a man of God) surrounded by books and manuscripts. The activities of Pope Francis are of an intellectual and spiritual order, even though he loves football and he supports the San Lorenzo de Almagro football club. Pope Francis is a Jesuit (the most intellectual order in the Roman Catholic Church). On March 11 1958 he joined the order, rejecting his love for a girl (progressed chart Venus inconjunct Ascendant…for giving up on a love relationship), with transit Saturn on his Sun (as a symbol of a period ending and facing responsibilities).  Watch that progressed chart, with Mars in a key position with Mercury, Pluto and the Ascendant. It was 56 years ago.

Today, his transits and progressions are reflecting his extraordinary popularity by means of the Moon. The progressed MC is inconjunct Moon and the progressed Moon is now inconjunct Midheaven. Also transit Jupiter conjunct progressed MC and inconjunct progressed Moon helps to be supported. It is a good start, but will it last?

Look at the future transits and progressions.

- Transit Pholus (important in the natal chart, sitting on the Descendant) is getting closer to his natal Sun, reaching a point of no return, while
- transit Uranus is getting closer to a square with Progressed MC (upheaval).
- Saturn will hit his Mercury, Venus and Mars (making it all harder),
- there will be a progressed Mercury-Mars square (for discussions) and
- in the progressed chart Mars will be inconjunct Venus to signal losing balance with passions (not necessarily sexual or love related, more like if an overdose of passion and loving fire ceases a bit).
In the progressed chart Midheaven is opposition Pholus (turning point at home - in Rome) and transit Eris was recently on his progressed Descendant (discord on the horizon).

Luckily for him, there will still be support. Jupiter will reach the progressed MC, trine the progressed Sun and enter the progressed 10th public house and the natal first.

One of the characteristics of Pope Francis, in my opinion, is the capacity of mingling the rules and practice, not fighting the status quo, without becoming one of 'them' in the eyes of the people and still being the catalyst (Pholus opposite Ascendant) of changes. How does that show in his chart? Perhaps in the Moon and Venus in the 7th house of relationships in the friendly Aquarius explains? A need to be kind and keep the friendly peace? Feeling love for all others,  in an Aquarian way (for the community of men)? And all the while creatively (quintile) achieving success through perseverance (Jupiter-Saturn)?

Anyway, I think that the importance of Mars in the 20th degree of Libra explains a lot of the importance of living like a monk or priest. According to Janduz, this is the degree of the religious mind. She described this degree like this: the sun setting and shining into a hallway in a convent where a monk (holding a book in his hands) is reaching a small altar with an incensory.
That picture looks like that of an old rabbi, sitting in a room with books, doesn't it?

How do you see the Sabian degree of your most important planet?

I promised to pay more attention to 'out of bounds'. In Pope Francis' chart, Mercury is out of bounds. Mercury is in the 12 degree of Capricorn ('Miracles of nature scientifically painted'). This is a degree of cosmography (and training dogs, as it seems:). I like the out of bounds (unusual) rather unearthly degree for this pope's opinions.


German politician Klaus Kinkel was born on the same day:
Activist and author Frank Martinus, too:
They may not have the same Sun/Moon midpoint (with Mars) so that maybe the Sun is more important than Mars (and an other Sabian symbol), but they share the 20th degree of Libra for Mars in some way.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Surgery and transit Uranus-Mars re Angelina Joly and Viktor Janukovicz

Transits of Uranus (see examples) often come by surprise. Mars-Uranus aspects are related to sudden actions, high speed, short fuses and unexpected moves. So, an accident is in line with the combination of a hit (Mars) and a shock (Uranus). Ebertin mentions 'bodily intervention' and 'injury' or 'scars' for Mars-Uranus.

Examples on this blog:

Angela Merkel's ski accident occurred with transit Uranus square her progressed Mars.
Late Dutch Prince Friso had a double inconjunct between Mars and Uranus on the day of the fatal ski accident: progressed Mars inconjunct Uranus and transit Uranus inconjunct natal Mars.
Bono (U2) had back surgery with transit Uranus exactly conjunct Mars (see: ).

In Combination of Stellar Influences a note says that Mars/Uranus is the operation axis (but there will have to be more indications, because it doesn't HAVE to be surgery). But sometimes it does. *)

Here are two new examples of transit Uranus-Mars and what happened:

1. Viktor Yanukovych left the country (Ukrania) in a hurry and it seems that he had a heart attack soon afterwards. Transit Uranus was opposite his Mars first (and Jupiter square, for help) and midpoint Uranus/Pluto hit his Mars afterwards (and transit Pluto square Mars will follow).

2. Angelina Joly will again have surgery to eliminate the threat of cancer. Jupiter accompanies the hit of Uranus square her Mars.

Here are the natal, transits and progressions for Angelina Joly and Viktor Janukovicz. Click the pictures to enlarge…

*) Also, sometimes there is an injury and surgery and no Mars-Uranus, like in the case of Michael Schumacher (though in the natal chart Mars is semi sextile Uranus and there was an opposition of Mars and Uranus in the days of the accident. See the post on resonance for an explanation of the importance of repeated aspects in natal, transit or progression).

Singular transits of Uranus with Mars or vice versa might mean no particular harm. You can have a planned surgery in those days or see the dentist…So don't worry, just take care.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Obama-Putin today: lots of Mars

You know that Mars is the planet of competition, struggle and war (with Eris, IMO). Yesterday Barack Obama, President of the USA had a long phone call with Vladimir Putin, President of Russia and it was about Ukraine. In that republic they got rid of the leader, who was pro-Russia. In the republic is a large population of Russians AND there is a strategic harbor, so Russia wants to protect it's interest. On the other hand, the new government wants to be liberated from the Russian influence and join Europe. The eastern part of Ukraine is more willing to support Putin. What now? I don't know, I just know that right now Obama and Putin are under the influence of Mars. Putin just had his Venus return, but there is also transit Mars on his Midheaven. Obama's progressed Mars is conjunct Putin's progressed MC and also conjunct transit Mars. They are both activated, irritated and in a state of competition. That doesn't sound peaceful. But maybe John Kerry can be the bridge between them. His Prg Venus (symbol of balance and diplomacy) is square transit Mars, the progressed Mars of Obama and the progressed MC of Putin.

Here are the progressed charts of the Presidents and John Kerry, with transits.

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